Roger Theis Sr.


CECIL -- Roger W. Theis Sr., 81, of Cecil, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Genesis Health Care Center in Bryan.

He was born on February 4, 1932, to William and Mazie (Kern) Theis in Delaware Township, Defiance County, Ohio. Roger married Geliah "Toni" Mae Collins in 1950. They divorced but remained good friends until her death in 2012. He was a member of Church of God. Roger worked for Grizzly in Paulding for 30 years, retiring in 1980. He enjoyed auctions, antiques, and his dog, "Missy" and his cat "Kitty Cat."

Roger is survived by his sons, Roger (Robin) Theis of Camden, Mich., David Theis of Cecil, Ohio, Daniel Theis of Defiance, Ohio; daughter, Becky (William "Bill") Walls of Ninety Six, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Steve Theis of Junction, Ohio; sisters, Marge Singer of Fort Brown, Ohio, Patsy Palmer of Alabama, Dorothy Reed of Paulding, Ohio, and Valeria (Dick) Baeir of Lima, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by parents; ex-wife, Geliah Mae Theis; sons, Larry and Robert Theis; daughter, Cathy Theis; brothers, Orville, Arnold and Kenny Theis; sister, Lucille Keezer; grandson, Scott Theis; and a granddaughter, Michelle R. Theis.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with funeral services being held immediately after at 11 a.m., with Rudy Mast officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel-Forder Cemetery, Paulding County.

The family requests memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at

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